In reality, Boston Cream Pie is not actually a pie. But with a pastry cream middle and two healthy slabs of vanilla cake dripping with chocolate ganache, is anyone really paying attention to the name? Mad Hungry Cravings has a recipe for this classic sweet.
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Between her butter-laden pastries, stunning cakes, and inspired (and well-crafted) sandwiches and salads, it's no wonder that Joanne Chang's Flour Bakery is turning into a mini Boston enterprise. (Flour4 is due to open any time now.) Here are a few reasons why—all of which are Chang's personal favorites.
Nobody seems to be able to tell me why Boston Cream Pie, which is so obviously not a pie, has that name. Yet despite the troublesome moniker, Boston Cream Pie (and its counterpart, the Boston Cream doughnut), with its layers of sponge cake, vanilla pudding, and a slick of sweet dark chocolate glaze, is awesome, or "wicked awesome" as the locals might say. So it stands to reason, wouldn't making an actual pie version be all the more awesome?
Like the first appearance of ramps at the farmers' markets, there's no surer sign of spring than the arrival of new Ben & Jerry's flavors. Will these new flavors—Boston Cream Pie, Dulce Delish, Maple Blondie, Milk & Cookies, Mud Pie, Peanut Brittle—become fan favorites or end up entombed in the Flavor Graveyard?